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Ta-da! We were blown away by the level of talent in this year’s Global Talent Search and are excited to reveal the Top 50 artists who will proceed to Round 2 – the Semi-Final! Congratulations to everyone who entered. It was extremely difficult to narrow down the entries from 999 (from 50 countries!) when there was such an abundance of top submissions. Take a look and savor the beauty! We are so eager to see what our Semi-Finalists do for the second assignment.

Before we reveal the Top 50, here is Lilla with some thoughts on the decision making process, and some tips for everyone who participated, whether you made the Semi Final or not…

Click here to download a summary of how Lilla and her team approached the shortlisting – you may find it valuable reading!

In the video Lilla mentions her online course Make Art That Sells. This class has already transformed the careers of thousands of artists.

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And now for the big reveal… these are our Top 50 pick from the outstanding work submitted.

Meet our 2014 GTS Semi-Finalists (in no particular order)!

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Andie Hanna

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Andrea Lauren

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Angie Rozelaar

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Anisa Makhoul

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Kellie Bloxsom

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Jennifer Orkin Lewis

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Bee Brown

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Srdana Modrinic

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Chris Lensch

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Diane Neukirch

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Doris Lee

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Liz Ablashi

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Irene Chan

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Erica Hite

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Erin Dorholt

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Flora Waycott

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Gill Eggleston

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Harriet Mellor

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Heather Fortin

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Ine Beerten

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Jana Curll

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Jan Avellana

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Karma Voce

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Kat Kalindi Cameron

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Kate Mason

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Katie Doucette

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Lindsay Gardner

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Lucky Nielsen

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Lucy Banaji

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Lynette Taylor

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Malu Lenzi

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Maria Parrish

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Monika Forsberg

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Nancy Lemon

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Nastja Holtfreter

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Nikki Upsher

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Simone Downey

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Petra Haemmerleinova

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Phrosne Ras

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Rachael Schafer

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Rachel Mosley

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Rebecca Jones

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Sara Gardner

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Sarah Ehlinger

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Stephanie Chambers

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Sue Dennen

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Tara Lilly

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Tatjana Maiwyss

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Tjarda Borsboom

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Victoria Johnson

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We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of the 2014 Global Talent Search. Putting yourself out there is a tough thing to do, and every experience like this is a great learning for your career.

You can see a gallery of all 999 submitted pieces here.

What happens next? 

The semi-finalists will be sent their next Assignment by email, which is due for submission by Thursday 4 September (9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT/UK). These will then be shared in an online gallery which will be open for public voting from Monday 8 – Friday 12 September. Details will be released on this blog on Monday 8. The artist with the most votes will be the ‘People’s Choice Finalist’.

At the same time our panel of judges will review all the work and make their recommendations for the final.

Six artists will be selected for the Final, of which five will be chosen by the judges and one will be the ‘People’s Choice Finalist’.

Good luck everyone!

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31 comments • blog / Global Talent Search

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Wow, so many great entries! Good luck everyone!

August 26th, 2014 – 4:47 am
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Congratulations to everyone who made the list! I’m grateful to have had the opportunity. Thank you, Lilla! I’m thrilled to see everyone’s work – it’s gorgeous! I’m looking forward to the feedback I’ll receive and already know where I need to improve. Good luck everyone!!

Brightest blessings,
Ria
aka Renmeleon

August 26th, 2014 – 5:49 am
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So many awesome pieces – congrats to everyone moving forward!

August 26th, 2014 – 6:28 am
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So wowed! Congrats to the finalists! Love seeing so many class buds on the list. You’re work has grown so beautifully! Go MATS!!

August 26th, 2014 – 7:07 am
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OOH! So many lovelies. Congratz to all moving on to the next phaze.

August 26th, 2014 – 8:18 am
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Beautiful and amazing work everyone! Congratulations and best wishes for the next round!

Thank you Lilla and your team!

Have a beautiful day!
Kathryn

August 26th, 2014 – 9:27 am
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Beautiful work! Good luck everybody!

August 26th, 2014 – 9:33 am
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kimbuchheit
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Truly amazing work! Congratulations to this uber-talented group of artists — you all will go far!

August 26th, 2014 – 9:47 am
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Congratulations! Well deserved. The designs/illustrations are all great! Good luck on round 2!

August 26th, 2014 – 9:57 am
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Wow, so many beautiful entries! I love them all. Congratulations to these finalists. How exciting!

August 26th, 2014 – 9:57 am
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Blown away! How beautiful! I was happy to participate and will continue to be inspired by these awesome artists! Congratulations!

August 26th, 2014 – 10:12 am
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What a difficult job to narrow down to 50 from 999! Good work judges! And congratulations fellow Matsies, phenomenal work among those selected and so many who were not.

August 26th, 2014 – 10:20 am
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Wow does this bring back nice memories! So many fantastic entries. Congrats to all!

August 26th, 2014 – 10:30 am
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Absolutely stunning and inspiring! Congrats to everyone…well deserved!

August 26th, 2014 – 12:09 pm
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Great work! I’m not surprised. Congrats and good luck you guys!

August 26th, 2014 – 12:14 pm
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Beautiful work by the artists. A wonderful concept executed so brilliantly. Congrats to all and good luck in the next round!

August 26th, 2014 – 12:15 pm
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billytokyo
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Congrats to the finalists! Some great work here!

August 26th, 2014 – 12:36 pm
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I didn’t make it to the top 50 but I had a ball doing it. I wish each and every one of you the best of luck and express my wishes for success to all the entrants. ON TO THE NEXT ROUND….GOOD LUCK AND MANY BLESSINGS

August 26th, 2014 – 12:54 pm
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We are just blown away by the talent level and variety! Can’t wait to see what you do with the assignment number 2!

August 26th, 2014 – 1:23 pm
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Draco Maturana
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En general, preciosos los trabajos presentados. Debió quedar entre los elegidos el de Joa Mora, es bellísimo, una pena.

August 26th, 2014 – 2:16 pm
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Shawna Taklender
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So many wonderful designs – congratulations and good luck to everyone!

August 26th, 2014 – 2:36 pm
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Great Work! Everyone hit the nail on the head – humbling and I can’t wait to review and take notes on all of yours and grow :) for NEXT YEAR!!! truly, Good luck everyone!

August 26th, 2014 – 9:00 pm
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Wow, what a beautiful collection of work and talented artists! I didn’t make it to the top 50 … but it has been a great journey so far .. and I can’t wait to do the MATS course later this year, which is what lead me to seeing the GTS challenge in the first place! I shall definitely try again next year to see where my journey has taken me! Good luck to the top 50 – you are all winners if you ask me!

August 26th, 2014 – 10:49 pm
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Krystal Tarca
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This experience has been wonderful. I can’t wait to participate again next year for the Global talent search 2015! Everyone did an amazing job…such beautiful work. Congrats to the top 50 that get to do the next round! :) I’ll be cheering you all on!

August 26th, 2014 – 11:06 pm
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Wow! Such beautiful work. Congratulations everyone on the shortlist and best of luck with assignment number 2. I enjoyed taking part in round 1 and off now to look at all the 999 entries. Teresa x

August 27th, 2014 – 7:42 am
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Such incredible and beautiful work – all deserving – good luck to the finalists; you have made it tough for the judges.
Kudos!!

August 27th, 2014 – 9:30 am
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WOW! So much amazing work here! Well done to each and everyone of you, you all truly deserve to have been selected!

August 27th, 2014 – 10:26 am
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Superbig Congrats to all 50 artists who made it through! And also a big congrats to all of us who put ourselves out there and entered… I am very proud and inspired to be included among you all and your amazing talent. I have met some wonderful colleagues along this journey even just going through first round! Big thanks to Lilla Rogers and her team for the opportunity, and Lilla for your supportive thoughts on the decision making process – it is very helpful :-).
Can’t wait to see what the fab 50 will create next! I’ll be rooting for you!

August 28th, 2014 – 9:12 am
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Congrats to all who made it to Round 2 — the work is amazing!! The entries are all so beautiful — I’m loving browsing the gallery to see what everyone did. Thanks to Lilla and Team for such a great experience. Can’t wait to see the Round 2 work. Good luck to all!

August 28th, 2014 – 7:31 pm
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P. Mary Manrod
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Congrats to all the finalists. I learned a lot by participating in this competition. Good luck at all.

September 18th, 2014 – 11:41 am
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Absolutely lovely. Not only do I love the entries, but the assignments are SO COOL! Good luck everyone… ;)

September 19th, 2014 – 9:56 am
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